Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upcoming Games Article

While I included this in my list of resources for my Library 2.011 presentation (recording available), I'd like to separately state that I have had a manuscript approved for publication in Reference Services Review. It may be the first issue of the new year, but as this wasn't very long ago, I'm not sure things get published that fast. The citation I have so far is:

Broussard, M. J. S. (2012, in press). Digital Games in Academic Libraries: A Review of Games and Suggested Best Practices. Reference Services Review.

It lists the online games that I was aware of in August (one was posted on a listserv right after I sent in the manuscript, and I hadn't yet found that Quarantined is once again available to be played online). The main focus is six recommendations for future games. It is not the fancy, expensive games that are the most successful. That's great, because mine have no budget.

I'm in the process of writing a manuscript for a special issue of Library Trends guest edited by Scott Nicholson. It will focus on the outcomes of our annual Harry Potter Night and how such programs fit into academic libraries. I'm having fun diving into the literature on library outreach programs, though finding it difficult to get literature on these non-academic programs.

LemonTree Game at the University of Huddersfield

Two librarians posted a link to information on game called LemonTree. It's not so much a game as it is a reward system on the students' end and a source of data collection on the librarian's end. This is a "flavour of Librarygame(TM)" created for the University of Huddersfield (UK) by a company called Running in the Halls. You get badges and your card gets hotter the more you use it, certain IL sessions and Web instructional materials contain codes for bonus points, you also watch your online tree grow with more use.

One of the librarians will be presenting it at a conference soon and his materials will be available at:

This is an interesting example of gamification in libraries and I can't wait to see how it is received by students. I've also never heard of Librarygame (TM) and will have to look into it.